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Thomas B. Macaulay
1800 - 1859
Nationality: English
Category: Historian
Subcategory: English Historian

To sum up the whole, we should say that the aim of the Platonic philosophy was to exalt man into a god.


Temple was a man of the world amongst men of letters, a man of letters amongst men of the world.


I shall cheerfully bear the reproach of having descended below the dignity of history if I can succeed in placing before the English of the nineteenth century a true picture of the life of their ancestors.


A single breaker may recede; but the tide is evidently coming in.


The effect of violent dislike between groups has always created an indifference to the welfare and honor of the state.


The puritan hated bear baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.


The gallery in which the reporters sit has become a fourth estate of the realm.


Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action.


The English Bible - a book which, if everything else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power.


To that class we may leave it to refine the vernacular dialects of the country, to enrich those dialects with terms of science borrowed from the Western nomenclature, and to render them by degrees fit vehicles for conveying knowledge to the great mass of the population.


Reform, that we may preserve.


That is the best government which desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy.


The object of oratory alone in not truth, but persuasion.


Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.


Nothing is so useless as a general maxim.


He was a rake among scholars, and a scholar among rakes.


I shall not be satisfied unless I produce something which shall for a few days supersede the last fashionable novel on the tables of young ladies.


As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines.


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